Discovering assets after a merger or acquisition

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are a common part of the business environment and can be an effective means of growing your company’s products, services, customer base and market footprint.  Unfortunately, mergers and acquisitions can also be a real headache for your IT staff.  When two companies come together, they typically have two independent IT environments and often those environments are comprised of different types of technology that is configured differently and used in different ways.  Integrating business processes across the two entities requires bringing the technology resources together and, in many cases, consolidating onto unified tools and platforms.

Frustration and failure

Before you can merge and integrate IT systems after mergers and acquisitions, the first thing your IT staff will need to do is figure out what assets they must work with in […]

By | July 11th, 2018|

Discover Underutilized Technology Assets in Your IT Environment

IT organizations spend plenty of money each year deploying and maintaining technology assets – from the centralized servers and network devices to the desktop and laptop devices for end-users. With shrinking profit margins and increasing competition in the marketplace, company leaders are increasingly looking to CIOs and IT leaders to improve the efficiency of technology assets by removing those components, services, etc. that aren’t needed (to cut costs) and increasing the utilization and value of the remaining assets.

The challenge for IT leaders is determining what technology assets reside in their environment and the use of each component, so they can work with their peers to make decisions on how to utilize assets most effectively. Asset management data isn’t just used for operating the IT environment, it is also used for optimizing […]

By | June 27th, 2018|

IT Asset Management is More Than Just Lists of Data

When many people think of IT asset management (ITAM), the first thing that comes to mind is often long lists of assets and the time-consuming process of doing manual inventories to keep the lists up to date.  That is unfortunate because IT Asset Management is a lot more than just lists of data and with modern tools, most manual inventory projects aren’t necessary anymore.  So, what is IT Asset Management?  IT asset management is the holistic set of processes and data involved in managing the physical (and virtual) technology assets that your company uses.

Asset data

Yes, there still are lists of assets, most of which are collected using automated discovery tools. The asset lists are only the starting point for the asset data within your organization.  Each asset in the list has […]

By | June 20th, 2018|

Connect the Dots – Relationship Mapping to Drive Asset Management Insights

Modern companies depend on technology to enable them to compete and to function. Managing complex IT environments cost-effectively to ensure business users receive the capabilities they need to be successful can be challenging. IT leaders rely on information from their asset management systems to provide a clear picture of their assets, their use and how much it costs the organization to operate them. The insights this information provides is essential to control costs and deliver the value company leaders expect from modern IT organizations.

Assets – the building blocks of IT

Your company’s technology assets are the building blocks of your IT environment. From traditional devices, such as desktops, servers and infrastructure hardware, to modern cloud services and SaaS subscriptions, the types of assets and their functions in your IT environment are likely […]

By | June 13th, 2018|

Know the Data You Have – Not Just the Data You Think You Have

Don’t be surprised the next time you look for IT asset data. Whether you are trying to resolve a major incident, planning a technology migration, assessing a security risk or effectively managing IT costs – accurate and complete data of your IT assets and their relationships are essential to make data-driven decisions. For most companies, the data they require to make these decisions is found in their Configuration Management Database (CMDB) or IT Asset Management (ITAM) system. That data is in these systems because of either a manual inventory or it was part of the original procurement records when the asset was purchased (which may be many years old).

Your IT environment is constantly changing. Are your configuration records current?

IT environments are constantly changing as a business evolves. Users move […]

By | June 6th, 2018|